OGDEN — A Clearfield man sent to federal prison seven years ago for sex trafficking is under arrest again for similar charges.
Demari Dehan Dontre Anderson, 35, is charged in 2nd District Court with engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity, human trafficking-forced sexual exploitation, aggravated exploitation of a prostitute, kidnapping, theft and money laundering, all second-degree felonies. In addition, Anderson is charged with exploiting a prostitute, a third-degree felony; damaging a phone and two counts of assault causing injury, class A misdemeanors; and threat of violence, a class B misdemeanor.
A co-defendant, Veronica Jaramillo, 33, of Roy, is charged with engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity and money laundering, both second-degree felonies.
The charges were filed under seal on Nov. 15 and arrest warrants issued, according to court records. The charges were unsealed Friday when authorities located Anderson and booked him into the Weber County Jail.
In 2010, Anderson was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. At the time of sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said he would have ordered more prison time if the law would have allowed it.
Since his release from federal prison, at least four women claim they were victimized by Anderson starting as early as 2015, and at least three others encouraged by him to engage in sex acts at a massage business he managed, according to charging documents.
One woman told investigators she "traveled with Anderson to neighboring states and performed commercial sex work," as well as locally, the charges state. The woman said "she began working for Anderson voluntarily because she believed they were in a relationship. However, Anderson became more violent and controlling as time went on. (The woman) reported Anderson would physically hurt her, would not let her out of his sight, and would not allow her to communicate with anyone else."
Later, Anderson threatened to "kill (the woman) and her parents and to burn down her parents’ home," according to charging documents.
Anderson is accused of running an illegal massage business in Ogden. A second woman told investigators that Anderson once slapped her and she threatened to leave.
"Anderson responded that she could not leave. Anderson told (the woman) she was now 'his hostage,'" the charges state. The woman said there were cameras throughout the business and she felt she couldn't escape.
A third woman reported being punched in the face by Anderson and receiving a black eye, the charges state.Comment on this story
A fourth woman told investigators that "although Anderson claimed it was a massage business, he told (her) she would make more money if she had sexual intercourse with clients …,'" the charges state.
The same woman said Anderson eventually started keeping all the money she made, and "she traveled to Wyoming with Anderson to perform commercial sex work, which Anderson helped manage," according to court records.
Jaramillo would set up "dates" with clients, the charges state.
The next court date for Anderson and Jaramillo is scheduled for Tuesday.